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Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are in a state of flux following the amendments to Article 370, 35A of the Constitution of India. There is uncertainty about how the future will play out. The discussion will approach the issue from different perspectives and attempt to identify the scenarios that might emerge and what the Indian government and civil society must do to manage the political, social and security consequences arising from the move.
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Ashok Malik is a senior Indian analyst and commentator, and distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, one of the leading public policy think-tanks in India. A frequent columnist, he writes for a number of national and international publications. His areas of interest cover politics, India’s political economy and foreign policy. From August 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019, Malik served as press secretary to the President of India. He was the first person from outside the civil services to be appointed to the post. He relinquished office after his two-year term came to an end.
Lt Gen Prakash Menon (Retd)
Lt Gen (Retd) Prakash Menon is the Director of the Strategic Studies Programme. He is also Professor Emeritus at Trans Disciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore and Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. After his retirement from the Indian Army as Commandant, National Defence College, he served as Military Advisor and Secretary to Government of India and from 2015 as Officer on Special Duty in the National Security Council Secretariat. Gen Menon has been decorated with three Distinguished Service awards – PVSM, AVSM and VSM.
Anand Arni is a Distinguished Fellow of the Geostrategy Programme at the Takshashila Institution. Anand Arni was formerly Special Secretary in the Research & Analysis Wing. A career intelligence officer, he served in India’s external intelligence agency for 37 years, retiring in 2012. In the R&AW, he spent over 25 years in dealing with issues related to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. His current research includes the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific; defence economics and the politics of radically networked societies. He teaches international relations and public policy at Takshashila’s graduate programmes.
Pai’s columns appear in Business Standard and Rajasthan Patrika (Hindi). He has published chapters in a number of edited volumes, most recently an analysis of the Pakistani Military-Jihadi Complex. He has taught civilian and military leaders at India’s College of Defence Management, Army War College and Brunei’s Institute of Strategic Studies.
He was a gold medalist from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, and an alum of National College, Bangalore. He spent more than a decade at the Singapore government as a policymaker in the technology sector.